Mount Calisio silver mines
Mount Calisio (located in the Argentario Ecomuseum area) is a little mountain overlooking the city of Trento. Today it is also known as “Mount Argentario”, that is, “The Mount of Silver”. Since ancient times it has been exploited several times for mining activities, first for silver extraction and afterwards for stone and barite extraction. Today on Mount Calisio Trento stone and porphyry stone quarries are still operational. In the Middle Ages, silver mining activity developed significantly due to the need of silver of the Trento Prince-Bishop mint. As a result of the intense mining activity, today on Mount Calisio a large number of mining wells (cadini) and horizontal tunnels (canòpe) can be found. In the 1980s the Trentino Alpine Society (SAT) conducted a mine census, identifying 150 accesses. Afterwards, Civezzano municipality in collaboration with SAT created the Canòpe Track, which is a 2-hour path along which informative boards are placed. Today Argentario Ecomuseums activities are dedicated to recovering and enhancing the mines by means of publications, guided tours and exhibitions.